• Released
  • June 7, 1996
  • R , 2 hr 16 min
  • Action/Adventure
88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's a popcorn-movie deluxe.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A first-rate, slam-bang action thriller with a lot of style and no little humor.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
The borrowings from other movies, going all the way back to the car chase in 1968's Bullitt, are heavy. But Bay has three leads to lend weight and dimension to characters who are hardly original and flatly written.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
A raucous, in-your-face, commando-style action thriller that makes provocative use of Alcatraz as a lunatic's lair and San Francisco as a sitting duck.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Bay has two great assets in Connery and Cage. The special effects give The Rock a James Bondian feel so Connery's wry, world-weary devil-may-careishness looks right at home here.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Although not as expertly-crafted as "Die Hard" or "Speed," The Rock is exhausting in its own right -- and that's just one of several convincing reasons to see this film.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage inject tasty bits of personality into their roles.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
[Cage] cracks wise throughout the third act and is almost entertaining enough to make this absurdly energetic movie recommendable.
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63

Baltimore Sun

Connery and Cage are a compelling team and redeem the film from ruin despite the mechanical plot, an excessive body count and a miraculous recovery (you'll know it when you see it).
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Buried under an avalanche of action. (1996 June 7, pg. D1)
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58 out of 100
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